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The Mousam Valley Mushroom crew, from left to right: Robert, Emily and John Sharood.

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Mousam Valley Mushrooms is a family farm started by father John Sharood, son Robert Sharood and daughter Emily Sharood. The MOFGA certified organic farm is located above the Mousam River Valley in Springvale, inside an old historic dairy barn that has been renovated into the mushroom farm. The Sharoods sustainably grow and market healthy, innovative, organic oyster mushrooms, including an Italian, Pink, Butter, and a Katahdin oyster that is a native Maine strain. Mushrooms are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest and are grown exclusively for the New England area, making them truly fresh and local. Mousam Valley wholesales to Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarket, Crown O' Maine and Rosemont Market. The Sharood family says, "At Mousam Valley, we strive to grow mushrooms as close to wild as possible. We cultivate our fungi on Maine hardwood and straw, sourced sustainably from the very woods and fields we forage in. The end result is a mushroom that could have been picked right off the side of your favorite hiking path. The only difference is that we grow them safely year round and know exactly when they will be perfect for you to enjoy!" Follow the farm at on Facebook and at http://mousamvalleymushrooms.com/.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Major food storage and processing company to open by July
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Belfast: A major food processing facility that has been in the works for months has reached a $2 million financial goal and should be up and running by the first of July. Jan Anderson, co-owner of Coastal Farms Food Processing, announced this week to the Belfast City Council that the 50,000 square foot space will be open for business by then.
James Beard Award semifinalists announced, Maine chefs nominated
Bangor Daily News - 2/22/2012.
The James Beard Foundation announced this year’s semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, the culinary Oscars that recognize the best chefs and restaurants in the country. Every year, more and more Maine chefs and eateries get nominated.
Genetically modified crops to get faster approval, USDA says
BusinessWeek - 2/22/2012.
Seed companies including Monsanto Co., the world's largest, will get speedier regulatory reviews of their genetically modified crops under forthcoming rule changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
Reward good food: Prince Charles on healthy, sustainable farming
The Atlantic - 2/22/2012.
By His Royal Highness Prince Charles – The Oxford English Dictionary defines "sustainability" as "keeping something going continuously." And the need to "keep things going" for future generations is quite frankly the reason I have been venturing into extremely dangerous territory by speaking about the future of food over the past 30 years. I have all the scars to prove it! Questioning the conventional worldview is a risky business. And the only reason I have done so is for the sake of the younger generation and for the integrity of Nature herself.
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